Ever wondered how many calories are in a single burger from a fast food restaurant? How about if you add in fries and a drink with that? Here are some educational fast food nutrition facts from the leading fast food restaurant chain according to fastfoodnutrition.org:
5 Guys Burgers: Regular Hamburger – 700 calories (400 calories from FAT)
Burger King: Regular Hamburger – 260 calories (90 calories from FAT)
Mc Donalds: Regular Hamburger – 250 calories (80 calories from FAT)
KFC : Original Recipe (Drumstick Alone) – 120 calories (60 calories from FAT)
Taco Bell: Single Soft Taco – 200 calories (80 calories from FAT)
Pizza Hut: Personal Pan Peperoni Pizza – 620 calories (252 calories from FAT)
These fast food nutrition facts DO NOT include the calories from additional sides we eat such as fries, onion rings, salads, cheesy bread, etc. They also DO NOT include the additional calories included in the condiments we put on our burgers and fries such as ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. Furthermore they DO NOT include the calories from drinks that we purchase to wash down the food. The items above from each popular fast food restaurant is also their basic starter menu item. Some of the larger menu items which most people buy have additional calories. Lets face it how many of us go into Burger King and order their tiny little hamburger. No, we want the big juicy Texas triple Whopper with over 1200 calories, half of the daily recommended calories for an average person in one sandwich.
It’s important to watch what we eat on a daily basis. Many of us think that eating a little fast food every single week will not affect us, but the fact is if you take in two 1200 calorie meals a week, you would have to burn off those extra 1200 – 1500 calories with some form of vigorous exercise. And if you are already exercising 3 to 4 times per week you would have to find some time to squeeze in an extra 5th or 6th workout just to burn off those extra calories. Calories from fast food nutrition are usually very high and dense from processed forms, making it very hard to burn off by the body. So before you consider satisfying your next fast food craving, consider how many more miles you are prepared to run, how many more weight training sessions you are willing to put in, how many more stairs you are willing to climb, just to burn off that extra 1000’s of calories you took in because of one craving.
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